ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior
Recent Examples on the Web As for her many accomplishments as mayor, Summers pointed to one specific popular amenity shared by the entire region. John Benson, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 One of the historic buildings next to the Transamerica Pyramid and its Redwood Park is set to get even more outdoor space, an enticing amenity for tenants in the post-COVID age. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2022 The association and other supporters of the airport argue the city should use Brainard as an amenity to attract new businesses to relocate to Hartford. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 24 Mar. 2022 The building had also tacked on about $200 in extra amenity fees, making the one-bedroom unaffordable for the doctoral students. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 The Mexican company also made the eye mask that can be found in the amenity kits. Jamie Aranoff, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2022 The route, which continues for 20 miles on both sides of the Anacostia River, is part of the Riverwalk Trail System—a new recreational amenity in D.C. Molly Hanson, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2022 On-site co-working spaces, for example, have become an increasingly in-demand amenity for remote workers and digital nomads in recent months. Demetrios Barnes, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Dallas’ Merriman Anderson Architects designed a building for the corner that included a ground floor café, a pool deck on the fourth floor and an amenity level on the rooftop. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 21 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of amenity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for amenity

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

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“Amenity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for amenity


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- \
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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